Monday, September 24, 2012
Quote of the Week
Person who chases two rabbits catches neither. - Confucius
So who is Confucius and what is trying to say here? Confucius, 551-479 BC, was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician and philosopher. Apparently he wore a lot of hats. His life and his teachings are complex, but mostly center around virtue, moral behavior and kindness and respect of others. He followed the principle "Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself", a precursor for the Golden Rule as we know it today.
Now back to the rabbits. Picture trying to chase after two rabbits with each running back and forth in opposite directions. First you pursue one and he runs into the briar patch, then you turn back to the other who scurries into his hole. You go back and forth between the two, and at the end of the day you have caught neither rabbit. Now apply this thought to several projects. If you split your focus between the two, neither getting your undivided attention, you may find that at the end of the day both projects remain unfinished. Being torn between two options is like trying to get both rabbits - it often leads to neither being fruitful.
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